Naismith: No Rangers regrets

Everton forward Steven Naismith has again defended his decision not to transfer his contract over to Charles Green following the liquidation of Rangers.

Last Updated: 06/05/13 at 12:01 Post Comment

Steven Naismith: Everton man insists he was right not to transfer his contract t

Steven Naismith: Everton man insists he was right not to transfer his contract t

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 26-year-old was one of a host of players, including Steven Whittaker, Allan McGregor, Kyle Lafferty and Steven Davies, who walked away from Ibrox after Green bought assets such as the stadium and training ground.

Naismith has been criticised by Green and others involved with the Third Division club, but the Scotland international insists he and the other players who quit have been proven right.

Majority shareholder Green recently stepped aside from his role as chief executive at the club, after allegations of involvement with Craig Whyte, who was the owner of Rangers prior to their liquidation.

"Mr Green worked hard to try and discredit the players who left. He publicly attacked myself and the others who chose not to accept his offer," Naismith said.

"But time seems to be offering a clearer perspective on why players like myself chose not to sign over the control of their careers to this man.

"I wonder how many people today, knowing what they know, would think it a good idea to just sign away the best years of their career to Mr Green?

"When Mr Green sent a lawyer's letter telling me to TUPE over to Sevco, as Charles Green called it, I had never met him.

"I had the option of choosing to be employed by a man and owners who I didn't know and had little reason, if any, to trust.

"I take pride in the fact I was one of the first players to agree to give up 75 per cent of my wages to try and save the original Rangers."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Pep: Schweini not fit for three years

Manchester United's new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been fit for three years, says his former boss Pep Guardiola.

Rio: Stones a 'lunatic' to join Chelsea

Rio Ferdinand says that John Stones would be a 'lunatic' to join Chelsea and sit on their bench.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company